Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) is referred to as the withdrawal period associated with the cessation of the use of topical steroids, with related terms as Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA), Red Skin Syndrome, and Steroid-Induced Eczema. Symptoms are generally: red skin, burning, itching, peeling, edema (swelling), oozing (puss), hair loss, enlarged lymph nodes, eye irritation, muscle atrophy, joint pain, insomnia, and difficulty regulating body temperature . The TSW process takes an average of one to three years for increased healing from the damages of the prolonged use of topical steroids.

For more questions and answers, please refer to ITSAN.org or watch this informative video about Topical Steroid Withdrawal.